From goths and grunge to leather and leopard spots, discover the stand out womenswear trends from the autumn 19 edition of Milan Fashion Week.
Animal prints have officially dominated the autumn 19 trends in New York and London. Milan was similarly covered in feline patterns, across everything from statement outerwear to dresses and matching hosiery.
It’s a cinch
While oversized silhouettes were key for long coats, jackets and knitwear, Milan’s designers added extra shape with a variety of belts. From wide styles to long and trailing designs, belt up for autumn.
Throwbacks to 1990s gothic and grunge style made some noise in Italy. Think delicate lace dresses contrasted with heavy boots at shows such as Prada, as well as lashings of leather and Nirvana-style layers of plaid at Versace and Agnona.
Heritage fabrics have emerged as a pattern and textile trend of note this season, and brought a smart sense of tradition to several collections. In Milan, the highlights were sturdy tailored outerwear in checks, plaids and herringbones.
Enter the Matrix
As well as the goth-tinged grunge of the 1990s, Milan’s lashings of leather appeared to nod to the famous late 1990s film The Matrix. Daniel Lee’s debut catwalk show at Bottega Veneta led the charge with padded leather jackets and matching trousers, while long leather trench coats were also on show at Tods and Roberto Cavalli.
The rich reds of London Fashion Week (see brands such as Victoria Beckham, Roland Mouret and David Koma) also made an impact in Milan, where bold crimson tones came in head-to-toe colour blocks – the brighter and bolder the better.
Tailoring is another key category that carries over for another season, and blazers and suits made an appearance in most ranges. In Milan, the freshest styles came sharply tailored with wide, statement-making lapels.
Keep it clean
The trend for head-to-toe tonal looks reached a peak on the Italian catwalks. Already a street style and influencer fashion trend, matchy-matchy outfits appeared across the board in a range of colourways, but pristine whites, creams and beiges were the most luxurious iteration.
The power of peplums
A touch of 1980s party style sashayed down the Milan catwalks via frills, ruffles and peplums for autumn 19. Racing round waists or down the arm of one-sleeved tops, it worked for evening on party dresses or day as flounced knitwear.